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yemen gets aid money from saudi arabia while iran pushing an alternate plan to the air strikes. hello, i'm martine den. >> you are with al jazeera in doha a group loyal to i.s.i.l. claimed responsibility for 30 deaths in yemen we go to the remark hills of iraq to see the effort to save christian artefacts by i.s.i.l.
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returning to everest a year after tragedy. the backbone of the climbing community. calls for a better deal. >> saudi arabia is leading coalition air strikes in yemen and announced a package of emergency aid money. the official newsagency says $274 million will be provided. the amount u.n. asked for. half of yemen's population is short of food as we report. >> reporter: aid workers in aden say this is as much as they can do for now. not everyone can be helped. there isn't enough food to go around. >> translation: we have given food to several families who have been displaced from surrounding areas. the aid we received was not enough for all internally
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displaced persons. we are hoping for more support. >> aden is the main seaport that used to provide a life line for the rest of yemen. 90% of the country's food was imported, and much coming through here, before the war. recently the residents watched their city turn from a commercial capital to this. some gather around a bombed out car they say belonged to a houthi official. aden was the gost stronghold before the leadership left for saudi arabia. it's seen some of the worst fighting. many have lived through conflict, this is yemen's second civil war in two decades. with little or no activity in the aden port, food and medicine is needed. drinking water is hard to come by. charities warn the public
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water services could collapse. saudi arabia says it will provide the amount needed by the united nations to give emergency assistance across the country. humanitarian flash appeal. it calls for almost $274 million, to met the lifesaving needs of 7.5 million people. >> that is a third of the population. live to our correspondent iran's president criticized saudi arabia by the officials. saudi arabia will harvest the hatred. it denies accusations of supplying support to the houthis, hassan rouhani was speaking at an army day parade. >> translation: the other nations should learn from the army. they should not hatch a plot or attack children or people is and
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women in yemen. attacks on the innocent are a disgrace. >> we can go live to our correspondent who is on the saudi arabia side of the border in jizan. i'm tain be the number 274 million pledged by the saudi arabia for humanitarian assistance in yemen. that is exactly the hament that was requested by the u.n. >> exactly, it's the amount requested by the u.n. it's an estimate. no one knows what is going on on the ground. no one knows the sheer side. the u.n. are not on the ground or the saudis nor the coalition forces. this is an estimation that there is a dire need for it. the problem is how to reach those people how to count them, to know their numbers, their
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places. yemen is a vast country, people are dispersed across the country. it is mountainous. some areas are difficult to reach. some have been deported to djibouti for better aid. it's a problem, and the money is going through a lot of red tape at the united nations before it can be translated into aid on the ground. yemenis are saying we need something today, not tomorrow and it's a matter of time, and how much time it will take to reach the people. >> there has been several calls for humanitarian pauses in the conflict including saudi-led air strikes, is that gaining ground in riyadh will the saudis contemplate ceasing the air strike to allow for humanitarian aid. >> yes, the idea of a temporary ceasefire on a daily basis or
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every two days for humanitarian aid to be channelled has been levelled many times and the coalition spokesman said it's not necessary to do it now. the strikes are very much to only strike at the houthis and their allies. he said yes, they are mixed with the population but now there is a distance between the two sides and the coalition air strikes are tart only specific objectives including the smaller groups of houthis and their allies. they are saying we san work in parallel with the strikes, in a way to reach those civilians and bring them the aid. >> thank you. our correspondent in jizan, saudi arabia meanwhile, the fighting goes on and 20 houthis fighters have been killed in taiz some killed
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in gunfights with forces royal to abd-rabbu mansour hadi others died in saudi-led coalition air strikes on the presidential palace. locksals control a big oil field, loyal to hardrsh,abd-rabbu mansour hadi and there to guard form other groups. a group linked to i.s.i.l. claimed responsibility for attacks that killed 32 people. a suicide bomber detonated explosives outside jalalabad, where government employees were collecting their salaries. an hour later another bang was tart. earlier a bomb exploded outside a shrine. live to jennifer glasse who is a kabul. seems like an ominous start to the spring season. we expect more activity from the
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insurgence. >> that's right. and the attack in jalalabad. the superior says it could have been worse they found and diffused two other bombs, and at the same time the attacks wept off, 33 people at least 33 were killed. seems the target from government workers. the bank pays the salaries of civil servants. they were lined up to get their salaries. they seem to be the target. eyewitnesss say the suicide bomber wanted to get in the bank. he blue himself up in the street. it is a difficult start to the year. they are anticipating a difficult fighting season. last year was brutal. the afghan security forces on their own, only a small force remaining here. afghans are concerned about
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security. >> what do we know about the group claiming responsibility and claims to have allegiance to i.s.i.l. >> that's right. president ashraf ghani is calling this a new law, asking people to unite against international terrorists foreign influenced. he said if they are united the foreign groups can't get into afghanistan. he said it was groups affiliated with i.s.i.l. claiming responsibility for the attack in jalalabad. he is in the north-east saying international terrorists are trying to establish camps and a base there, and he has been frying for six months to coninterins the international community that it is not just a problem for afghanistan, it's a problem for the world, and vows that the security forces will do their best to fight the force,
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but would like to see the security forces have better equipment and money. afghanistan is dependent on international aid. he is calling this a new law. >> jennifer glasse live in kabul, thank you now, more migrants arrive in palermo. 13,000 have been rescued in the past week by the italian coast guard. police try to catch the traffickers. the italian government says the flood of migrants is unprecedented. most are escaping war and persecution in the middle east and africa paul brennan is our correspondent. >> the flow of migrant continues, there's a new boatload in palermo, bringing 93 people.
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there was 79 mean women and three children. there's a glimmer of good news. we spoke to the coast guard. they are not aware of ongoing rescue operations that continue as we spoke. it seems there are no boats that are issuing help now. it appears that is likely to be a respite. the weather is good in the mediterranean, and the flow is such and the desperation such that boats are putting to sea. it would have to be a storm out there to deter them from putting to sea in the first place. as far as other issues go, the prosecutor from catania promises to prosecute traffickers, and already is starting to prosecute traffickers on the boats and promises more prosecutions will take place. the italian prime minister
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matteo renzi met with president obama, and the subject of the migration from north africa came up there. from the american point of view it was to do with security. matteo renzi said it's not just about security, and i quote "it's to do with justice and the dignity of mankind." israel agreed to pay nearly half a billion in revenue to the palestinian authority. israel froze it funds in retaliation for their decision to join the international criminal court. israel agreed to release the money after deducting utility debts. the palestine jans threatened to take the matter to the i c c if israel didn't pay the full amounts. the united states condemned a car bomb attack next to its consulate in erbil, the capital in the north. the blast killed three people. u.s. officials said no consulate
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star were harmed. i.s.i.l. claimed responsibility. in western iraq shelling in the town of baghdadi killed eight soldiers. in ramadi the capital of iraq's anbar province, i.s.i.l. fighters look set to take the city. they've been in control of 75% of the province despite air strikes by the u.s.-led coalition and the iraqi offensive announced last week. this is video of a military jet flying over i.s.i.l. positions in ramadi. still to come accusations of political repression in zimbabwe and why the indigenous people of guatemala prepare their indigenous laws.
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hello, these are the top stories here at al jazeera. the king of saudi arabia is ordering $274 million of humanitarian aid to be sent to yemen. that's exact amount asked for by the u.n. to give emergency help to yemenis hit by the 3-week war fighters linked to i.s.i.l. are claiming responsibility for bomb blasts in eastern jalalabad. 33 were killed including government employees collecting salaries from the bank migrants arrive in the sicilian port of palermo.
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30,000 have been rescued by the italian coast italian coast guard as police try to catch their smugglers. >> now to zimbabwe, celebrating 35 years of independence from british colonial rule. the country is grappling with inflation and issues of human rights and unemployment. our correspondent there is at the harari national sports stadium, where the celebration is on. >> this is a huge milestone for zimbabwe. they are thinking back over the years about what went wrong, many talk about the good years, 1980 1 # 0s where it was the land of milk and funry. that's when there was export. people were not hungry. education was good.
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things took a turn for worst in 1997. now they are wondering 35 years on if they have the freedom in terms of independence. what about economic freedom. a lot are asking about unemployment rate levels that are high. they say let's be proud and celebrate 35 years of independence now to south africa where there's more attacks against immigrants in poor neighbourhoods of johannesburg. police patrol the areas after shops owned by foreigners were looted. charles stratford is in downtown san jose. >> a lot of tension here in this town in downtown san jose. now, we are hearing that two local men were shot dead in the building to my right overnight. certainly locals here are blaming foreign migrants for the attack. police are investigating the
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case, but obviously at a time like this, these murders in no way help the situation. of it obviously inflaming the situation. there is a group of foreign migrants arriving. here, in this area there were two factories owned by foreign migrants that were set fire to. there's reports from alexandria in johannesburg, a number of foreign migrants' shops were looted. police are going in helping them to remove their belongings from the shops, those that want to move. the result of these two murders, a lot of attention from police on the streets in johannesburg. a somali member of parliament has been shot dead. al-shabab fighters claim responsibility for the drive-by
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shooting in mogadishu. he is a politician from the north-east state and is the ninth mp to be killed by al-shabab in the past year anti-terror detectives in australia are questioning five teenagers about an i.s.i.l. inspired plot. they are suspected of planning to attack the first world war centenary service in melbourne. more than 2,000 police officers were involved in the arrest christians in iraq are racing to save some of their religious oldsest artefacts. thousands of manu scripts stolen when i.s.i.l. stormed last year. >> reporter: winding through the hills one of christianities sacred
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sight comes into view. this is the monastery. one that governed part of the area. >> this place is from the seventh century. a lot of christian monks were buried here. if i.s.i.l. reaches here, they'll destroy this historic place. it is important to christians and iraq's history. >> just 12km away is the front line with i.s.i.l. the kurd who, in the 18th century ransacked the place and are now protecting it. the monastery is made up of a series of caves. this is an important pilgrimage site. few tourists are coming here because of the threat on their doorstep. >> i.s.i.l. set out to destroy christianity and want the world to know about it. in mosul, churches linked to the third apostles have been ransacked. thousands of artefacts that is had been destroyed. what little was saved has been moved between churches and
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is closely guarded in secret locations in iraq. >> they came and told me "you have five minutes." i take it, my clothes and passport and five books. >> in erbil we tracked down the archbishop of mosul who agreed to show us some of what he saved. this bible is handwritten in aramaic. . >> this is the name of the father the second and the holy spirit. losing this history, he says, is a loss of dignity. >> there is 160,000 people. they sleep in the streets, and i.s.i.s. take it, everything. in another monastery, the friar goes further. >> if it continues, it's a judgment for all the iraqi
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people history and culture. if we accept this, the people of iraq and history and culture will be murdered. if we let it happen, it will be our destiny, it's in your hands. to help or leave the people. >> if that call is unanswered. the legacy of the first people will be wiped out . >> columbia's president called for a deadline on peace talks with the rebels. juan manuel santos ordered a resumption of air strikes. picture obtained by al jazeera suggest they were killed as they slept nikita zadorov's local system is considered among the worst, against the background of crime, violence and overcrowded prisons, some indigenous communities are convinced
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traditional law is the answer. al jazeera's david mercer has more from the guatemalan highlands. >> reporter: delia is desperate. a long-term colleague persuaded her to co-sign an $8,000 loan. her co-worker defaulted. and delia owes more than she could afford. rather that hire a lawyer, she took her case to the indigenous mayor's office. >> translation: i spoke to a lot of people. they told me that the people that make decisions are not influenced by money and bribes. they say they treat everyone the same. they are very straight. >> reporter: after hearing both sides of the story and reviewing documents officials rule in delia's favour and order her name removed from the creditor's list. hers is just one of more than a dozen cases that will be looked at today. for centuries after the arrival of the spanish, guatamalas native communities practice
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their own form of law. in 1960 civil war broke out, and the government clamped down on mayan traditions. it was only when the peace accords were signed 36 years later that their justice system made a comeback. >> the peace agreement brought with it guarantees to recognise the right of indigenous communities to manage their own affairs. since then mayan law has been >> reporter: outsiders link throughout communities like this. mayan justice with the rise in public lynchings since the end of the war. analysts say mayan law is filling a power vacuum created by the failing justice system and is a way of curbing delinquency and avoiding juvenile violence. mayan justice relies on community leaders to settle conflict and solve crimes.
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reparation, community service and family participation are some of the measures used, as well as integration into society for punishment of offenders. the leaders that work here don't receive a salary, they say serving the people keeps them motivated. >> translation: our vision is to look beyond the present to the future. the work we are doing doesn't just help us now, but teaches our children to give back to the community, this is how we hope to strengthen mayan law. >> reporter: with more that 2,200 cases, the mayor's office is inspiring other mayan leaders and offering hope for more peaceful communities. gun battles and roadblocks brought a city to a standstill in mexico. three are dead. roads were blocked in burning buses on the u.s. border with
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texas. the arrest of a gang leader sparked a fire fight between gang members, police and soldiers. anti-government protesters in indian administered kashmir turned violent on saturday. one teenager was killed in police gunfire on the outskirts. the incident happened when police tried to break a demonstration during a strike a year ago an avalanche swept 16 climbers mainly sherpa guides and porters to their deaths on mt everest. knew routes pioneered. families are def stated by what happened 12 months ago. >> reporter: in this room this woman surrounded herself with photographs of her late husband. he was one of 16 guides known as sherpas, who died last year when an avalanche roared down mt
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everest. >> i still can't believe it. it's hard to come to terms when you have not seen the body. his body was never found. >> >> reporter: their youngest child is 19 months old, and the oldest is six. >> i'll make sure my children are educated. i'll never make them work on the mountain. i have had enough. i grew up without a father. i know what it's like to be fatherless. now my children are fatherless. >> reporter: it was the worst disaster on the mountain. it drew attention to how the sherpas are treated. the government's offer of $4,000 was an insult. and angry sherpas refused to work. a year on, the government and climbers were forced to recognise the value of the men, who formed the back bone of the industry. yielding to the pressure the gas gave the families $15,000.
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their insurance has been increased from this year on. a new route has been explored to avoid avalanches. >> we have not changed the route. the route we are using this time is the old root. root. it's -- is the old route. it's about two hours long. >> reporter: some say more have to be done. this man has claimed everest eight times and it's about better training and technical standards. >> translation: it's not just about increasing salary and insurance. the government has to check if there's enough technical air power to go up the mountain and if training has been met. >> reporter: it is open for business. 30 teams set off from the base camp. the expedition staff lay the ropes for the climbers. now the debate over pay and
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conditions are in the open climbing on the mountain may be entering a new era, an era of industrial relations. >> find out more about what is going on on everest at the start of the climbing season, [ ♪♪ ] "talk to al jazeera", legendry music composer david foster . >> so mid '070, i guess i seriously. david foster has been nicknamed the hitman, a violent for many records collaborating with many big names in the industry. there's one talent, however, he says stands out. >> love, love, love this man.


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